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DOMINICA
Dominica, part of the Lesser Antilles (the largest of the "Windward" islands) and is located in the eastern Caribbean; between the French Caribbean islands of the overseas departments of Guadeloupe in the north and Martinique in the south. It is about 751 km2 and consists mainly of mountainous terrain with a lot of untouched rainforest. The island republic forms an independent member state of the "Commonwealth of Nations". The island was formerly French, then British, and independent since 1978. Dominica has around 70,000 inhabitants, including 3,000 "Caribs" (indigenous Caribbean people). The official language is English, Creole is also spoken (called patois).

population
approx. 69,775 inhabitants (2011), predominantly of African descent; circa 1700 of Caribbean descent. About 500 caribs (descendants of the indigenous people) still live in a reserve; Growth rate: 0.21%

National language
English, common colloquial language: Patois (island French) religion, churches approx. 80% Catholics, besides mainly Anglicans and Methodists

Animal and plant world
Dominica is nicknamed "the nature island" of the Caribbean because of its spectacular, lush and diverse flora and fauna, which is protected by a comprehensive system of nature parks. There are 365 rivers and streams to discover as well as sulfur springs and various lakes; one of them is the "boiling" lake, the water of which is heated to between 82 and 92 degrees. 1,000 different types of plants are native here, including 74 types of orchids and 200 types of ferns. 22 plant species are endemic, one of which is called "bwa kwaib"; the national flower of Dominica. To date, 172 different bird species are known on the island, including the "red-necked" parrot and Dominica's national bird, the endemic and critically endangered Sisserou parrot. Opossums, agoutis (a type of guinea pig), iguanas and lizards are also native here, as well as many other creatures. There are NO poisonous animals on Dominica! Dominica's Morne Trois Pitons National Park (which also houses Boiling Lake) is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eastern Caribbean.

The underwater world
Dominica's underwater world is home to diverse marine life and subterranean volcanic activities. The warm water and the deep sea on the west coast offer ideal conditions for the mating and birth of whales as well as sufficient food. More than 6 different whale and over 12 different dolphin species cavort in the waters of Dominica. With a bit of luck, the sperm whales up to 18 meters in size and weighing 50 tons can be observed here! Divers are fascinated by the colorful underwater world, the tropical fish, sponges, seahorses and coral reefs, steep walls as well as the underwater springs and caves.

Culture
In addition to the natural sights, Dominica also offers a lot culturally: with music, dancing, theater, handicrafts and art. Wherever you go on the island, you will be reminded of the different cultures: the Creole language, the mix of English and French village and town names, the sounds of jing-ping music that will keep your feet moving , the scents of Creole cuisine and much more. The last Indians of the Carib tribe live in the Carib Territory, on a reservation in the east of the island. They have remained true to many of their traditions, such as weaving baskets and carving canoes from Gommier trees.

climate
Dominica is a year-round destination and the average temperatures are 27 to 30 degrees Celsius. It can get cooler in the mountains (don't forget your jacket or sweater). The "drier" season is from November to June. From July to October the rain showers are usually more intense than during the remaining months. However, the showers mostly fall at night or early in the morning; This means that excursions can also be carried out during the so-called "rainy season" and during the day it is mostly nice weather and warm.

Car traffic
There is left-hand traffic in Dominica. The speed limit in Roseau and other locations is 20mph. There is no speed limit outside of the locations (unless otherwise stated). When renting a vehicle, a local driver's license must be obtained (via the rental company - costs US $ 12)

electricity
220/240 V, 50 Hz. The sockets are suitable for a plug with three prongs. An adapter is required.

ferry
The island of Dominica is connected to the neighboring islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe, as well as to Saint Lucia by a ferry service. The ferry terminal where the ferry docks is on the Bayfront in Roseau or in Portsmouth. The crossing to Martinique and Guadeloupe takes about 1.5 hours, to Saint Lucia about 4 hours. You can book the ferry connection with us (but only in connection with a hotel or rental car booking).

Getting married in Dominica
We would be happy to organize your wedding in Dominica. The couple should be on the island at least two days before submitting the application. You will need proof of citizenship (passport and birth certificate), divorce documents, if you are divorced, a death certificate. All documents must be translated into English and notarized. We would be happy to send you a detailed offer for your wedding in Dominica.

communication
Direct dial service is available. Telephones, cell phones, the Internet, telegrams, faxes, data services, radio and television too. Cell phones from all German providers usually work without any problems. Coin and card phones can be found everywhere.

Emergency call
In an emergency, dial 999 for police, fire brigade or ambulance

language
The official language in Dominica is English. The locals also speak Creole and French patois.